For all of us who love watching sports religiously, there’s no way in hell you haven’t at least questioned if an outcome between two competitors is predetermined for whatever reason—mostly money. So when previously undefeated UFC women’s champ Ronda Rousey fell victim to a Holly Holm roundhouse kick to the face on Saturday night, some are starting to blow the whistle on the outcome and question if it was, in fact, all a setup.
Among those who believe in the conspiracy theory is former ECW and WWE star Taz, who had some valid points about the topic on his radio show today, saying this, via CBS Radio:
“This has been done in the wrestling industry for years. A guy or girl is going to take a break or go away, or has an injury that they have to tend to, whatever the reasons are, and they’re a champion – you take the championship off of them. You do not want your champion sitting home or making a movie, ‘Roadhouse 2′ or whatever Rousey’s going to do… You don’t want that person sitting home for five, six, seven months with that championship. It’s bad for business.”
Taz mentioned the news about Rousey saying she was planning to, “disappear” after this fight with Holm, giving extra attention to the fight beforehand for viewers and, more importantly, having UFC, potentially, toss their biggest star a little extra incentive to take a fall to set up an epic rematch at some point.
The former wrestler didn’t stop there, though, even going as far as saying that Rousey would risk her undefeated UFC record for, potentially, an alternative motive, adding this:
“If you look at the actual K.O. – now, she did get nailed, Rousey, with several shots before the finish of the fight. Nothing that was like ‘oh my god,’ but she got popped a few times. But if you look at the actual knockout, as Rousey, she went for kind of a lazy punch or something – not lazy but she kind of missed – and as she spun to turn around her back was kind of turned to Holm. And as she slowly turned, a high round kick, I believe it was the left foot, or left leg of Holm, catches Rousey, drops Rousey… I’m telling you right now, that whole series, was the work. And I’m not sure who was in on it and who wasn’t but I know this much: the ref probably wasn’t in on it. Maybe he was I don’t know. Rousey was in on it – and again, this is all my opinion. Holm might not have been in on it.”
Who the fuck knows if there’s any validity to Taz’s claims, but with a story line that’s straight out of a Hollywood script—and, possibly, millions of dollars as an influencer—it does make you think. Sucks for Holm, though, considering the chick just dominated Rousey in impressive fashion. Can we not just appreciate shit these days?